He is very correct. In the 12 years I have been pursuing the China Marines I have seen a number of questionable examples on eBay, at auction houses and at shows. I even bought one from an auction house once, but was soon forced to return it because it just "did not feel right". I later learned my caution was correct. So when an advanced Marine collector and fellow forum member moved into my area, we pooled our examples and sat down with a loupe, calipers, a number of period photos and a scale to measure, weigh and study. After much discussion, we built a small data base of what we thought were characteristics of known examples. Because the other member owns the bulk of the diamonds we examined, and is currently writing an article on them, I will hold off detailing the findings until after he publishes his article.
But I can share this "text book" example for your observation. In the meantime, if anyone has examples they wish to post and have the ability to measure and weigh their example(s) please feel free. As a side note, several China Marine family members have sent me over the years, photos of the diamonds in their possession. I have posted these on my web site: chinamarine.org under the headgear, uniform and equipage section.
Edited by Dirk, 19 May 2016 - 02:59 PM.